Archive for April, 2014

I Would Have Dispaired

It’s hard to believe it’s been just over 24 hours since we got the news.  Since then, it’s been an absolute whirlwind.  I don’t think I am quite ready to walk through it all again, but you can check for more regular updates on our Facebook page. Here is the situation right now …  We […]

The phone call we’ve been dreading.

I’m just going to come right out with this, because at the moment it is all I can do to remind myself to keep breathing.  Tonight, we got a phone call from our adoption agency.  It didn’t need to hear the tone of our social worker’s voice to know that getting a late night call […]

Paperworking, Day 239

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s getting closer all the time.  We are mere DAYS away from packing all of our paperwork into an envelope and shipping it around the world. We have been working on paperwork for so long – more than half a year – that it’s […]

Study Time

Fact:  Tourists don’t go to Europe to visit Baby M’s country. We began coming to this conclusion many months ago.  The thing is, we love bookstores.  There is a Barnes & Noble near our house, and when we started studying ASL over a year ago, we started swinging by whenever we were going by to […]

Jessica, this is your brain talking. I quit.

Guys.  I am getting nervous about the fact that although our paperwork is ALL BUT FINISHED, we still have a two trips to Europe to survive, and my brain is very near calling it quits. This is a problem.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to need my brain. This morning, the doorbell rang and from […]

The Lamb Cake

One thing we enjoy doing each holiday is researching the traditions of Baby M’s country.  His country has a rich and beautiful culture and holds its traditions and heritage in very high esteem.  We want to raise Baby M with an understanding and appreciation of his own heritage, and a fun and easy way to […]

My Lighthouse

Yesterday, I took a trip to Des Moines (about two hours away, for my non-Iowan friends) to take some of the final steps to completing our dossier.  The trip was not without hiccups, and was full of some hilarious and frustrating moments.  When I have a little more time, I’ll sit down and share that […]


Dear Lairds, Now go get your baby. Love, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

A Serious Question.

Good news!!  We found out that our I-800A (approval from USCIS we need to adopt internationally) was approved on Friday, and the paperwork should come in the mail any day!  That means that if our last bit of paperworking goes as planned, we should have our dossier ready to submit by the end of the […]

A Month.

This week, we had the carpet in Baby M’s room professionally cleaned.  It would be awesome to have the carpets in the whole house cleaned, but for now only the little guy will enjoy the luxury of like-new carpet.  When they asked, I told the carpet guys that the room would be a nursery.  I […]

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